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March 2008

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March 2008 was near normal temperature wise in Bryan/College Station. The month started out on the mild side with average temperatures well above normal the first two days of the month. A cold front swept through the region on the 6th, dropping high temperatures into the 50s and low temperatures into the 30s, though temperatures moderated through the middle of the month and the last week of the month saw temperatures well above normal. For the month, precipitation totaled 3.81" which is nearly an inch above normal. A more active jet stream brought a series of upper level disturbances across Texas, producing several bouts of moderate to heavy rain in the Brazos Valley. The average monthly temperature of 62.2°F was slightly above normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 80°F 59°F +12°F   Maximum 73.6°F +1.0°F
2 76°F 61°F +10°F T Minimum 50.9°F +0.4°F
3 71°F 38°F ‑4°F 0.60" Average 62.2°F +0.6°F
4 63°F 33°F ‑11°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 73°F 41°F ‑2°F   Heating 159 +10
6 59°F 39°F ‑10°F 0.39" Cooling 80 +38
7 56°F 34°F ‑15°F 0.02" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 59°F 32°F ‑14°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 71°F 44°F ‑2°F T Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 59°F 53°F ‑4°F 1.51" Minimum ≤ 32°F 1 ‑1
11 68°F 48°F ‑3°F    
12 76°F 42°F ‑2°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 75°F 52°F +2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 89°F 67°F +17°F   Monthly Total 8.66" +5.82"
15 81°F 57°F +8°F   Year-to-date Total 9.16" +0.62"
16 79°F 53°F +4°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 8 +1
17 83°F 67°F +13°F T  
18 76°F 53°F +2°F 1.21" Monthly Extremes
19 68°F 47°F ‑4°F 0.01" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 73°F 41°F ‑6°F   Highest Temperature 89°F 14th
21 74°F 45°F ‑4°F   Lowest Temperature 32°F 8th
22 78°F 51°F +2°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.51" 10th
23 70°F 49°F ‑4°F   Maximum Wind Gust 41 mph 17th
24 67°F 43°F ‑8°F    
25 74°F 47°F ‑4°F   Record Book for March
26 78°F 58°F +4°F T Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 82°F 64°F +9°F   Lowest Temperature 17°F 2002
28 78°F 60°F +5°F T Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 83°F 57°F +6°F 0.02" Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 83°F 70°F +12°F 0.05" Wettest Month 8.03" 1926
31 80°F 72°F +11°F   Driest Month 0.29" 1971
  Wettest 24 Hours 4.20" 1980
"T" indicates daily precipitation ≤ 0.005".
BOLDFACE indicates an extreme daily value for the month.
ITALICS indicates a daily record was set or tied.
*Departure from the 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
10th Most daily precipitation 1.51" 0.42" 2000
18th Most daily precipitation 1.21" 0.71" 1947
31st Highest minimum temperature 72°F 71°F 1982
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
14th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 89°F 90°F 1936
17th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 67°F 72°F 1982
30th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 70°F 72°F 1938
*NOTE: Records from 1910 through July 1951 are based on observations taken at the Texas Agricultural
Experiment Station main farm located 7 miles SW of College Station. Records from August 1951 through
the present are based on observations taken at Easterwood Field.


April Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 76°F/54°F Monthly precipitation: 3.20"
Middle of the month: 79°F/57°F Precipitation days: 7
End of the month: 82°F/61°F Days ≥ 90°F:  1